In God We Trust

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Matthew 4:7

 

After Jesus’s second test in the wilderness, He declared to the evil one: “I will trust only God and not be unsure in my faith.” Likewise, for us, we are tempted repeatedly to question the presence of God in our lives. Is God real and is God with us? These questions are not the result of God’s absence in our lives, but of the temptation to question God’s presence. When our faith wanes, we search and question if God exists. By questioning if God will help and if God cares, we become tempted to test God. Instead, Jesus wants us to be fully aware that God is a loving and caring God whom we have no need to doubt or test. Having this faith strengthens us to meet those tests that show up in our lives, including our Lenten goals.

Points of Reflection

  • How often do you doubt that God exists, and what are the causes?
  • What strengthens your faith? Church, acts of charity, prayer, etc.?
  • How do you feel God in your daily life?

Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman

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